Tavush castle or Tslik Amram castle is a medieval citadel on the outskirts of the town of Berd in Tavush region of RA, on the right bank of Tavush river, in Tavush province of Utik region of historical Mets Hayk.
The date of Tavush castle establishment is unknown, but first references date back to the early 10th century mentioning it as the residence of deputy kings of Ashot Yerkat (mostly Tslik Amram). In the 10-11th centuries the fortress belonged to Kyurikyan branch of Bagratuni dynasty; in 12-13th centuries it belonged to Zakaryan family.
Since late 14th century, the castle was abandoned and gradually went to ruin. Tavush comprised an acropolis and the lower fortress. The acropolis sat on the narrow (maximum width equaling to 25 meters) tongue of the hilltop, edged with steep rocks. The remnants of the fence, fortified with semi-cylindrical pyramids (up to 12 meter high, built from cobble-stones and cut andesites), have been preserved in the eastern and north-western parts. The entrance was located at the southern part. No traces of buildings are left in this area. The acropolis extended to the north, covering a small lower hill where the entrance was placed.
The lower fortress was situated at the eastern foot of the acropolis where the remnants of fence of cyclopean masonry with huge cut stones, walls of single-nave church, traces of dwelling quarters and utility rooms have been preserved. Drinking water was brought to the lower fortress from Glglan springs in the southern part by clay waterpipes (remnants have been preserved).
The castle with all its buildings is reduced to ruins now; however, the recent excavations have identified some pottery and other items which are being preserved on the territory of the castle.